PTMA Newsletter - Issue 8 2014
New! CPS app now available for CMA members
Effective this year, the Canadian Pharmacists Association will no longer distribute a free print edition of the
Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS) a.k.a. the “big blue book” to Canadian physicians. To ensure members have access to this valuable and relevant clinical tool, the CMA is now providing residents and practising physicians free access to the RxTx Mobile App which includes the CPS (Rx) as well as a bonus subscription to Drug Choices (Tx). Product features include:
- Search across 2,000 product monographs and listings, updated regularly
- Check doses, adverse effects, drug interactions and relative cost of over 2200 drugs for over 200 medical conditions
- Available in English and French on iOS and Android devices — online or off
- An exclusive membership benefit with value of over $500 annually
Members received an invitation email with a link to a registration form or were referred to the CMA Member Service Centre.
For additional information contact
Renée de Gannes-Marshall.
Health Information Technology and eHealth at CMA
Concentrated on the use of unique physician identifiers across the profession and guidelines for physicians to recommend mobile apps to their patients. HIT policy, discussion papers, and resources can be located on the new CMA.ca by
For additional information contact
PMI physician leadership courses
PMI courses assist members complement their clinical expertise with practical leadership skills. Courses are:
- Developed for physicians by the CMA
- Delivered by open enrolment, online, or in-house
- Fully accredited by the RCPSC and the CFPC
- Designed to set attendees on a path to achieve the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation
- Discounted for CMA members
Physician as Coach – November 23-24, 2014, Vancouver, BC.
Talent Management – November 25-27, 2014, Vancouver, BC.
New from the Physician Data Centre
Physician Data Centre contains statistical information, articles and reports prepared by the Centre as well as relevant external links. The Centre has revised its January 2014
physician supply demographic tables based on new information received from Quebec. Please feel free to share with your internal and external stakeholders.
If you would like additional information regarding these tables or the Physician Data Centre, please contact
CMA Conjoint Accreditation Services enters new era
The Canadian Medical Association business unit that accredits more than 200 educational programs for 15 allied health professions in Canada is reinventing itself to be more relevant and responsive to the organizations it serves.
“The CMA Accreditation team is doing a great job of actively shaping its future to become more relevant, transparent and efficient,” said CMA President Chris Simpson.
“In addition to introducing changes to make existing accreditation standards clearer, CMA Accreditation is also introducing new templates, tools and technology to improve the efficiency of the accreditation process.”
The changes now underway are some of the most significant the program has seen in its 75-year history, and reflect feedback about the existing process.
These enhancements include:
- updating and clarifying requirements for accreditation
- producing the service’s first guide to accreditation requirements
- enhancing and improving templates and reporting tools for programs
- updating procedures to reflect the changing education landscape
In addition, CMA Accreditation is building a new system that will improve logistics and allow for near-paperless assessment.
Through the changes that have been made and those envisaged for the future, Simpson said CMA Accreditation is slowly establishing the CMA as the connector between traditional physician and nurse-based initiatives and the allied health professions. As examples, both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute have tapped into the strong relationships CMA has developed with allied health professions to reach out to these groups.
“With these changes, CMA Accreditation will continue to be the gold standard for accreditation of allied health in Canada,” Simpson said. As such, the program provides value for CMA members by fostering inter-professional collaboration and helping ensure that all members of the health care team are trained to rigorous standards and contribute to the high quality of the entire health care system.
International physician health conference stresses change
The pervasive and uncontrollable nature of change and the challenges it poses to physician well-being was a dominant theme at the 2014 International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) held London, UK in mid-September. The conference was a sold-out affair involving more than 300 delegates from 16 countries.
The issue of change was addressed directly by one of the opening speakers British Medical Association President Baroness Ilora Finlay, who referenced the referendum on Scottish independence which was to occur three days after her remarks. She used the referendum as an example of titanic changes that can impact people but are outside their control.
Living with uncertainty is very difficult, she said, and people are increasingly turning to physicians — with unrealistic expectations for answers.
The importance of physician health and well-being in supporting a strong health care system was noted by American Medical Association President Dr. Robert Wah.
“If we don’t keep ourselves healthy we can’t keep others healthy.”
‘Transitions’ was the formal theme of the meeting and Finlay noted such transitions now occur constantly. “This conference’s theme reminds us of how important it is to acknowledge the specific challenges inherent with each transition in the medical career,” said Canadian Medical Association President Chris Simpson in his opening remarks.
Simpson was also present at a research session highlighting the global nature of the stressful transition from medical school to residency. “It’s really raw, I experienced it myself,” said Simpson, who is chairman of the cardiology department at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON).
Simpson announced at the meeting that he’s working with Queen’s researchers to allow them to assess the impact of a physician leadership role – namely that of CMA president – on his personal health. Simpson said he hoped his activities would support two key goals for physician health: primary prevention and destigmatizing the issue.
“I will be baring my soul to the world,” he said.
There was a strong Canadian contingent at the meeting which is co-partnered by the American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, and British Medical Association. Registrants from Canada made up more than 25% of the delegates in attendance and the Canadian Medical Foundation was a sponsor of the welcome reception at the event.
There were several Canadian-based presentations at the conference including an overview of the evolution of the Canadian Physician Health Institute (CPHI) and CMA research findings on physician attitudes towards end-of-life care gathered during the recent national dialogue on these issues.
A commentary published in the CMAJ just prior to the conference also helped set the context for the meeting by noting that physician health has broad implications in today’s health care system and is a “political issue” rather than just one of personal well-being.
“I’m blown away by how much further ahead you (Canada) are,” a New Mexico physician in the audience commented after the presentation by CPHI representatives Dr. Derek Puddester and Christopher Simon.
Unlike some speakers from the United Kingdom who talked about the many challenges physicians face in what one described as a “toxic” work environment within the National Health System, Puddester and Simon outlined how Canada has addressed its own challenges with a broad scope of programs and strategies to maintain and improve physician health and well-being in Canada.
“We’re planning to change (physician) culture across the country,” said Puddester. The CPHI was formed three years ago as a collaboration between the Canadian Medical Association, provincial and territorial medical association physician health programs (PHPs) and the Canadian Medical Foundation.
Medical students urged to be strong advocates
Canada’s medical students need to be strong advocates for a better health care system.
That was the main message delivered by Canadian Medical Association president Chris Simpson in his address to the annual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS).
In his speech which was followed by a lengthy question and answer period, Simpson stressed the concept of students as advocates but combined this with his well-honed messages on the importance of developing a national strategy on seniors care and a segue into the importance of the students looking after their own health and wellbeing.
“Student leadership is really, really important,” Simpson said in his opening remarks, adding that “the advocacy sensibility of physicians needs to be brought out by your generation.”
Asked later about the limits on physician advocacy, Simpson said the students should take the view that “anything that impacts my patients’ health is important to me.”
He applauded the medical students of today for having a more advanced sense of the physicians’ duty to society than in the past.
Simpson’s remarks coincided with the release by the CMA of a new online mini-module on advocacy presented by past-president John Haggie. The module is being made available to CMA members including medical students as a benefit of membership.
Talking about seniors’ care, Simpson said “if we can fix seniors care we can fix a lot of what is wrong with the health care system.”
“We (the CMA) believe that seniors care can be a ballot box issue,” he said in reference to next year’s federal election.
He said the emphasis on seniors’ care is an example of how the CMA is listening to its members and the public and advocating on issue of importance to them.
“If we want to be influential as an organization we need to serve the hearts and minds of Canadians,” he said.
Asked about balancing advocacy activities with spending time with family and maintaining personal health, Simpson said he had no definite answer. But he did note that he was hoping to destigmatize the issue of physician health by personally being the subject of a psychological study of the impact of leadership on health and wellbeing.
Simpson urged the students to become more involved with the CMA and said he would like to see more integration between the CFMS and the CMA.
Upcoming events in your province or territory
|15-17 Oct||Symposium francophone de médecine 2014||Montreal||QC||MD/CMA Exhibiting/Sponsorship|
|16- Oct||Presentation to Queen's Public Health Residents||Picton||ON||MD Event|
|17-19 Oct||Retirement Retreat Weekend||St. Catherine's||ON||MD Seminar|
|17- Oct||BC IMG Conference||Vancouver||BC||MD Event|
|18- Oct||Networking Evening For Physicians (Brewery)||Vancouver||BC||MD Event|
|18- Oct||US Tax Considerations For Canadians||Richmond Hill||ON||MD Seminar|
|21- Oct||Networking Evening For Physicians (Brewery)||Toronto||ON||MD Event|
|21- Oct||Market Outlook: Perspectives and Insights||Courtenay||BC||MD Seminar|
|21- Oct||CMA Media Awards 2014||Ottawa||ON||MD Exhibiting/|
|22- Oct||Tax-Wise Investing For Incorporated Physicians||Toronto||ON||MD Seminar|
|22- Oct||Market Outlook: Perspectives and Insights||Abbotsford||BC||MD Seminar|
|23- Oct||Market Outlook: Perspectives and Insights||Surrey||BC||MD Seminar|
|23- Oct||Incorporation - The Right Choice For Your Practice?||Quebec||QC||MD Seminar|
|25-28 Oct||2014 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress||Vancouver||BC||MD/CMA Exhibiting|
|28- Oct||Client Dinner With MD's Executive Leadership Team||Yarmouth||NS||MD Event|
|29- Oct||Market Outlook: Perspectives and Insights||New Glasgow||NS||MD Seminar|
|30- Oct||Client Dinner With MD's Executive Leadership Team||London||ON||MD Event|
|30- Oct||Female Physician Culinary Evening ||Mississauga||ON||MD Event|
|01-Nov||Ontario Association of General Surgeons (OAGS) 20th Annual Meeting ||Toronto||ON||MD Exhibiting|
|01-Nov||Greater Toronto Area Primary Care Symposium||Toronto||ON||MD Event|
|01-Nov||Retirement Planning Workshop||Vancouver||BC||MD Seminar|
|05-Nov||University of Alberta Specialty PMC||Edmonton||AB||MD Event|
|05-Nov||Income Tax Strategies for Physicians||Thornhill||ON||MD Seminar|
|05-Nov||Wine Pairing||Montreal||QC||MD Event|
|05-Nov||Networking Evening for Physicians||Windsor||ON||MD Event|
|06-Nov||UBC Plastic Surgery Residents||Vancouver||BC||MD Event|
|06-Nov||University of Calgary Specialty PMC||Calgary||AB||MD Event|
|06-Nov||Docs NS and CMA Member Event (Beer Tasting)||Halifax||NS||MD/CMA Event|
|07-Nov||38th Annual Northern Doctor's Day 2014 ||Prince George||BC||MD Event|
|07-Nov||2014 YMA Annual General Meeting and CME Update Weekend||Whitehorse||YT||PTMA AGM|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Moncton||NB||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Saint John||NB||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Stratford||ON||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Fredericton||NB||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Sydney||NS||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Peterborough||ON||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Quebec City||QC||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||St. John's||NL||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Kelowna||BC||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Kitchener||ON||MD Family Event|
|08-Nov||Big Hero 6 (movie)||Owen Sound||ON||MD Family Event|
|11-Nov||Female Physician Wine Tasting|
(With Investment Seminar)
|12-Nov||Financial Talk||Quebec||QC||MD Seminar|
|13-Nov||MD Forum ||Toronto||ON||MD Seminar|
|13-15 Nov||2014 Family Medicine Forum||Quebec City||QC||MD/CMA Exhibiting|
|14-16 Nov||Ontario Medical Student Weekend||Niagara Falls||ON||MD Event|
|14-Nov||Wine and Scotch Tasting||Sarnia||ON||MD Event|
|18-Nov||CME Accredited Winding Down Seminar|
Speaker: Tom Faloon
|19-Nov||Financial Talk UMF - Richelieu Yamaska||St-Hiacynthe||QC||MD Seminar|
|19-Nov||CME Accredited Winding Down Seminar|
Speaker: Tom Faloon
|19-Nov||Forward Thinking Seminar||Port Williams||NS||MD Seminar|
|20-Nov||Workshop Fredericton||Fredericton||NB||MD Event|
|20-Nov||PMC - McGill||Montreal||QC||MD Event|
|20-Nov||Client Dinner with Brian Peters and Francois||Vancouver||BC||MD Event|
|20-Nov||Tom Faloon CME Accredited Winding Down Seminar||Brockville||ON||MD Seminar|
|21-Nov||Workshop St. John||St. John||NB||MD Event|
|21-23 Nov||Family Medicine Retreat Weekend (FMRW)||Grand Bend||ON||MD Event|
|24-Nov||QCARE+ Financial Seminars for Residents||Kingston||ON||MD Seminar|
|26-Nov||UBC Specialty PM||Vancouver||BC||MD Event|
|26-Nov||US Tax Consideration for Canadians||Mississauga||ON||MD Seminar|
|26-Nov||Tom Faloon CME Accredited Winding Down Seminar||Timmins||ON||MD Seminar|
|26-Nov||Holiday Reception 'Open House'||Victoria||BC||MD Event|
|26-Nov||Madagascar Penguins (Movie)||Abbotsford||BC||MD Family Event|
|26-Nov||Madagascar Penguins (Movie)||Vernon||BC||MD Family Event|
|26-Nov||Madagascar Penguins (Movie)||Ottawa||ON||MD Family Event|
|27-Nov||Wine Pairing||Quebec City||QC||MD Event|
|28-Nov||PMC Specialiste Sherbrooke||Sherbrooke||QC||MD Event|
|27-29 Nov||Ontario College of Family Physicians||Toronto||ON||MD Exhibiting|
|04-Dec||Female Physician Wine Tasting (With Investment Seminar||Kitchener||ON||MD Event|
|11-Dec||Capsure financière||Quebec||QC||MD Event|
|11-Dec||University of Alberta Family Medicine PMC||Edmonton||AB||MD Event|
For additional information please contact